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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (3 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571248918
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571248919
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Her best and most ambitious tale to date. . . . The reigning mistress of murder. . . . A craftsman with a poet's vision, she not only detects evil but attempts to uncover the more elusive--and enduring--enigmas of the human psyche that lead to it." --"Time"
"Rich, multifaceted. . . . Involving and genuinely moving. . . . So ambitious and thematically challenging that it has few peers in its genre. A Taste for Death provides all the entertaining elements of a more conventional murder mystery, but James continually delivers that something extra. . . . James at her best, at the zenith of her writing career." --"Houston Chronicle"
"Literary grace of a high order and the ability to give full dimensions to both character, relationships and environment. . . . She writes with precision and elegance." --"Los Angeles Times"
"Ms. James is simply a wonderful writer." --"The New York Times Book Review"
"Rings of authenticity . . . compelling. . . . The ability to haunt has earned P. D. James the title of 'queen of crime.' Long may she reign." --"Chicago Sun-Times"
"James still delivers the pace and tensions of a mystery yarn better than any living writer." --"People"
"A pleasure to read. . . . One avidly turns the pages." --"Cleveland Plain Dealer"
"The best of James' ten novels. . . . She has blended a whodunit and a fully realized modern novel." --"The New York Times Magazine"
"Marvelous." --"Newsweek"
"One reads a P. D. James novel in something like the same spirit that one reads a novel by Zola, Balzac, Thackeray, or Dickens." --"The Christian Science Monitor"

" Her best and most ambitious tale to date. . . . The reigning mistress of murder. . . . A craftsman with a poet's vision, she not only detects evil but attempts to uncover the more elusive--and enduring--enigmas of the human psyche that lead to it." --"Time"
" Rich, multifaceted. . . . Involving and genuinely moving. . . . So ambitious and thematically challenging that it has few peers in its genre. A Taste for Death provides all the entertaining elements of a more conventional murder mystery, but James continually delivers that something extra. . . . James at her best, at the zenith of her writing career." --"Houston Chronicle"
" Literary grace of a high order and the ability to give full dimensions to both character, relationships and environment. . . . She writes with precision and elegance." --"Los Angeles Times"
" Ms. James is simply a wonderful writer." --"The New York Times Book Review"
" Rings of authenticity . . . compelling. . . . The ability to haunt has earned P. D. James the title of 'queen of crime.' Long may she reign." --"Chicago Sun-Times"
" James still delivers the pace and tensions of a mystery yarn better than any living writer." --"People"
" A pleasure to read. . . . One avidly turns the pages." --"Cleveland Plain Dealer"
" The best of James' ten novels. . . . She has blended a whodunit and a fully realized modern novel." --"The New York Times Magazine"
" Marvelous." --"Newsweek"
" One reads a P. D. James novel in something like the same spirit that one reads a novel by Zola, Balzac, Thackeray, or Dickens." --"The Christian ScienceMonitor"

"Superb.... A treat for mystery lovers, and a gift to all readers." --"USA Today"
" "
"Splendidly suspenseful." --"The Washington Post Book World"
" "
"A first-rate detective novel, but it goes beyond that fine achievement to another realm.... An intricate, compassionate novel." --"The Boston Globe
"
"Her best and most ambitious tale to date.... The reigning mistress of murder.... A craftsman with a poet's vision, she not only detects evil but attempts to uncover the more elusive--and enduring--enigmas of the human psyche that lead to it." --"Time
"

"Rich, multifaceted.... Involving and genuinely moving.... So ambitious and thematically challenging that it has few peers in its genre. A Taste for Death provides all the entertaining elements of a more conventional murder mystery, but James continually delivers that something extra.... James at her best, at the zenith of her writing career." --"Houston Chronicle
"

"Literary grace of a high order and the ability to give full dimensions to both character, relationships and environment.... She writes with precision and elegance." --"Los Angeles Times"


"Ms. James is simply a wonderful writer." --"The New York Times Book Review
"

"Rings of authenticity ... compelling.... The ability to haunt has earned P. D. James the title of 'queen of crime.' Long may she reign." --"Chicago Sun-Times
"

"James still delivers the pace and tensions of a mystery yarn better than any living writer." --"People
"

"A pleasure to read.... One avidly turns the pages." --"Cleveland Plain Dealer
"

"The best of James' ten novels.... She has blended a whodunit and a fully realized modern novel." --"The New York Times Magazine
"

"Marvelous." --"Newsweek
"

"One reads a P. D. James novel in something like the same spirit that one reads a novel by Zola, Balzac, Thackeray, or Dickens." --"The Christian Science Monitor"

Superb . A treat for mystery lovers, and a gift to all readers. "USA Today"
""
Splendidly suspenseful. "The Washington Post Book World"
""
A first-rate detective novel, but it goes beyond that fine achievement to another realm . An intricate, compassionate novel. "The Boston Globe
"
"Her best and most ambitious tale to date.... The reigning mistress of murder.... A craftsman with a poet's vision, she not only detects evil but attempts to uncover the more elusive--and enduring--enigmas of the human psyche that lead to it." "Time
"

"Rich, multifaceted.... Involving and genuinely moving.... So ambitious and thematically challenging that it has few peers in its genre. A Taste for Death provides all the entertaining elements of a more conventional murder mystery, but James continually delivers that something extra.... James at her best, at the zenith of her writing career." "Houston Chronicle
"

"Literary grace of a high order and the ability to give full dimensions to both character, relationships and environment.... She writes with precision and elegance." "Los Angeles Times"


"Ms. James is simply a wonderful writer." "The New York Times Book Review
"

"Rings of authenticity ... compelling.... The ability to haunt has earned P. D. James the title of 'queen of crime.' Long may she reign." "Chicago Sun-Times
"

"James still delivers the pace and tensions of a mystery yarn better than any living writer." "People
"

"A pleasure to read.... One avidly turns the pages." "Cleveland Plain Dealer
"

"The best of James' ten novels.... She has blended a whodunit and a fully realized modern novel." "The New York Times Magazine
"

"Marvelous." "Newsweek
"

"One reads a P. D. James novel in something like the same spirit that one reads a novel by Zola, Balzac, Thackeray, or Dickens." "The Christian Science Monitor"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description

Set in London, A Taste for Death is the seventh Adam Dalgliesh mystery from P.D. James, a compulsive thriller and a chilling study of the complex motives behind cold-hearted murder.

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P.D.James shines here with this novel which contains everything needed in a murder mystery.
Gripping from start to finish, this novel sees Dalgliesh caught up in an investigation which has turned personal - he knew the victim. There are many twists and turns here as they try to unravel the clues and evidence to point them to a ruthless and sadistic killer. There are many sub-plots in the novel which try to lead you astray, but ultimately it comes down to one ruthless murderer. Kate Miskin features heavily in this story and a great part of the novel involves her personal life which we have not seen until now.
A truly thrilling cerebral mystery, which delivers the goods intelligently and VERY Englishly! One of my personal favourites which I read again and again.
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"A Taste for Death" was written by Peter O'Donnell in 1969 and is the fourth book in the Modesty Blaise series of books. In my opinion it is the best book in the series, and perhaps the best book I've ever read. (And re-read and re-read. I think I've probably read this book at least 10 times in the last 35 years.)
The book starts with two parallel stories, one in Panama and one in England.
In Panama, Willie Garvin (Modesty's loyal side-kick) runs into Gabriel and McWhirter, the two memorable bad guys from the first Modesty Blaise book. They are trying to kidnap Dinah Pilgrim, a blind girl they need because of her having a special talent. Willie saves Dinah and then a major confrontation ensues, with Modesty coming to Willie's aid and both Modesty and Willie surviving traps that should not possibly be survivable.
Meanwhile, in England Modesty Blaise has encountered Simon Delicata, an incredibly nasty villain and perhaps the scariest fictional bad guy I've ever read about. Delicata first kills an archeologist with ties to a research expedition in the Sahara Desert, and later strikes directly at Modesty's cottage in the English countryside.
In a very satisfying plot maneuver the two supposedly separate story lines merge. It turns out that Gabriel and McWhirter are in league with Delicata, and Modesty and Willie must travel to Algeria to face this trio of villains in a fight to the death. A fight that they have almost no chances of surviving against the combined force of Gabriel and Delicata.
The most fascinating thing about the Modesty Blaise books is the personality of the two main characters, Modesty Blaise and Willie Garvin. They both have an amazing will to survive and to overcome the incredible dangers they are faced with.
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Peter O'Donnell is one of the most underrated writers the english language has probably ever known. There isn't a single writer alive today who couldn't learn a great deal from his characterisations, plotting and sheer story telling brilliance. This book is to my mind the best of the Modesty Blaise novels and the novels themselves are among the best adventure stories you could ever read. Unfortunately the original comic strips and an appalling film adaptation (and I mean really dire) probably put most people off trying the novels. A taste for death is probably not a good place to start with Modesty Blaise. You should at least read the first novel (just called: modesty blaise) as that sets the background this novel returns to in part.
But whatever you do: read peter o'donnell, his books never date, his writing never grows stale and Modesty Blaise (Lara Croft eat your heart out) and Willie Garvin (and he could take Jack Reacher) manage to pull off almost superhuman feats with a casual nonchalance that is utterly convincing.
A taste for Death has my all time favourite fictional villain in Simon Delicata.
Read this book and discover for yourselves just how short changed you've been by the major publishing houses.
Peter O'Donnell was there first and does it so much better it's truly criminal there are no paperback re-prints.
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I have always loved p d James books and would rate them very highly. This book has taken her to a new stratoshere in the genre of crime writing. It has a beautiful prosse, well rounded characters and a top class whodunnit. I loved the plotline. How could a top MP and a tramp both end up with their throats cut in a london church? we are drawn into the whys and wherefores from page one and there are fabulous sub plots which touch at the heartstrings, Detective Kate Miskin and her humble upbringing is an example. She has risen from a council high rise flat to become a top detective and still she has her doubts as to where she really fits in to the team inveatigating the double murder. the ending is both poignant and surprising. What more can you ask from a high class whodunnit?
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this is undoubtedly the best modesty blaise novel
although i would run I LUCIFER a close second.
If the powers that be ever get round to making
a decent modesty movie, rather than the travesty
starring monica vitti (who)! this is the novel
they should film.
the novel starts with willie garvin having his own little adventure which demonstrates he is no
mere cipher to modesty blaise.
an old foe Gabriel shows up, and a new terrifying
seemingly superstrong and invulnerable villain
Simon Delicata is introduced.
The story concerns a group of archelogists who are
being held by delicata and gabriel they believe
the site they are digging on contains an ancient
treasure.
modesty and willie get involved without really
knowing what they are up against.
there then follows some of the most exciting
action scenes you will read(worthy of Ian Fleming)
suberb combat descriptions and a real nailbiter
of an ending.
This is one of the few Modesty books that is relatively easy to get hold of, but i warn you
that if you do get it, you wont be able to put
it down enjoy!!1
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